Survey Finds More Employers Providing PTO to Workers

2 Jun

Paying workers to take time away from the office can help them relax.

Many companies offer workers paid time off as part of their benefits administration, and a new survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found more employers are jumping on the PTO bandwagon. Paying employees to take a break from the workplace can be beneficial to employers, because when staff members can get away from work and take time to do things they wouldn't normally be able to do, they can return happier and more focused. This results in workers being more productive and producing higher quality work, which helps the company be more successful.

The Benefits of PTO
SHRM surveyed more than 2,000 employers, most of which are in the private sector and have 500 or fewer workers. The survey found 52 percent of companies provide PTO plans to their full-time staff members. According to SHRM, a PTO plan is one that includes sick, vacation and personal days, but does not include national holidays.

However, many employers decide against providing workers with unlimited PTO days. The survey noted 94 percent of companies give workers a certain number of PTO days annually, with 98 percent providing set vacation days and 88 percent offering set sick leave time. According to Entrepreneur magazine, many companies are wary of giving workers a limitless number of PTO days, as some feel as if workers would take advantage of the extra time off and not do their work properly. 

HR professionals are starting to give workers greater autonomy, however, and are expanding their PTO benefits. According to the survey, 16 percent of companies now offer paternity leave, which is almost as many employers that provide maternity leave (18 percent). In addition, 17 percent give workers paid adoption leave. 

HR professionals need to ensure they are keeping track of workers' PTO use effectively by investing in the best payroll software. Not having modern payroll solutions can make HR departments inefficient and can cause confusion among workers when they try to use their PTO benefits. HR professionals shouldn't try to make it work with a system that is out of date and doesn't provide them with the tools they need to do their jobs to the best of their ability. Human resources departments should make it easy for employees to request PTO when they need time away from the office. Otherwise, the company may not experience the advantages of workers who are well-rested and engaged. 

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